February 26, 2012: The Bible's Most Misunderstood Text
A dejected church member said, "Prayer does not work; I tried that!" Indeed, prayer is not a charm for those who know the magic words. It is not self-seeking prayer, ritual prayer or careless prayer that God honors; but God answers prayer. A focus on Elisha in this passage will help us learn the way of prayer that God is pleased to answer.
The world is full of Naamans. They are great and commendable people, but they are lost in sin. They are not lepers; but they are eaten up with a plague worse than leprosy. That ancient plague is a fitting picture of the incurable disease of the soul-sin. Just as Naaman was cleansed of his malady, so you may be healed of every sin. How was Naaman cleansed? How may you be cured of sin?